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Almost all international students in Canada want to get settled in the country after they graduate, but only a few manage to do so. The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador has come up with an update which will enable the international graduates of Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic to live, work and settle easily in the province.

Now, the graduates of these institutions who are working in a field which is not related to their study can apply for provincial nomination as long as they secure an indeterminate job offer for a full-time position in this province.

This change to the field of study requirement only applies to MUN and CNA graduates and it will help the international students to integrate and establish professional networks in the province. This amendment to the International Graduate Category has given an opportunity to all the graduates who are not working in the field related to their study to become permanent residents of Canada. Whereas, International graduates of other provinces and territories in Canada will continue to be required to have a job offer in their field of study, in order to be eligible under the International Graduate category.

Source: http://www.nlpnp.ca/international_graduate.html http://www.canadastudynews.com/2017/12/21/newfoundland-gives-select-international-graduates-easier-access-to-immigration/

The job market across the globe is undergoing a transitional phase. The new technologies are becoming old within no time, thus, creating a need for a work force that can adapt to changing technologies at a fast pace.

Canadian Colleges are always focused on producing job ready graduates, thus, helping them successfully getting absorbed with renowned MNCs. Acknowledging the current scenario, the colleges in Canada are organising job fairs and career counseling sessions for students in their respective institutes. The career services professionals at these job fairs provide fresh graduates an opportunity to learn the skills of resume writing along with a chance to talk to their prospective future employers.

Leading the initiative is Fanshawe College, which is ranked as the No. 1 most impressive career services model in Canadian colleges, according to a study by the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counseling on career service models across Canada. The college also boasts an 87-per-cent employment rate for six months after graduation for full-time jobs.

Source: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/what-colleges-are-doing-to-set-up-grads-for-an-uncertain-job-market-and-future/article36651332/

Fresh tests conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), has rated Canadian teenagers as among the best educated in the world.

At university level, Canada has the world’s highest proportion of working-age adults who have been through higher education.

Recently, Canada has overtaken many other countries in education and the credit for this education success goes to different policies followed in individual provinces and a common commitment to provide an equal chance to everyone.

In fact, it is this strong sense of fairness and equal access to all that the children of new migrants have scored as high as the rest of their schoolmates.

Canada’s teachers are well-paid as per international standards - and entry into teaching is highly selective, which is another factor contributing towards making education in Canada a huge success.

2017 has been a bumper year for education in Canada, and College and Universities are reaping the benefits of the Trump effect, with record levels of applications from overseas students.

As Canada marks its 150th anniversary, it can claim the status of an education superpower.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40708421

We are glad to share the news with USA visa aspirants that there is an increase of 28% in non-immigrant US visas for Indians. Indians received 87,049 visas in April and 97,925 visas in March this year, as compared to the monthly average of the previous year, according to the newly-released monthly official data as per a report shared on http://toi.in/mbmsxY/a20fi

Now, all customer enquiries from the UK and overseas will be handled by a new commercial partner Sitel UK. From 1 June, 2017 all customer enquiries from the UK and overseas will be handled by a new commercial partner Sitel UK. The main changes for customers applying from outside the UK are:

All phone numbers and opening hours will change.

  • The number of languages offered is reducing to eight including English to reflect current usage
  • Customers who contact UKVI by e-mail will be charged

There are no changes to those who contact us from within the UK or to our preferred partner schemes.

Charges and paying

Customers applying from outside the UK who choose to contact UKVI by e-mail will now be charged £5.48 per e-mail. This includes the initial e-mail enquiry plus any follow-up e-mails to and from the contact centre relating to the same enquiry.

Phone calls for customers applying from outside the UK will be paid for as they are now, via credit or debit card. E-mails will be paid for by entering card details prior to submitting an enquiry. Customers who do not have access to a credit or debit card may choose to use a trusted third party such as an agent or sponsor.

Opening hours for customers applying from outside the UK

Our English service phone line is open 24 hours Monday-Friday, with other languages available at times that reflect standard business hours where possible, see table below.

Language Number Opening hours (British Standard Time)
English +44 (0)203 481 1736 Monday-Friday, 24 hours
Hindi +44 (0)203 481 1741 Monday-Friday, 04.00-12.00 (Indian time 8.30-16.30)

The new link to direct customers to the appropriate email portal and phone number is www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-inside-outside-uk and this will be operational from 1 June 2017.

British Embassies overseas are unable to help with visa related enquiries.

2017 Fraud Prevention Month Campaign Targets Audiences in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia

The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is launching a worldwide multilingual campaign to encourage the public to take extra measures to ensure that individuals offering immigration and citizenship assistance are authorized. March is Fraud Prevention Month in Canada, and 2017 marks ICCRC's fourth consecutive annual campaign.

"Our 2017 theme is 'Not Licensed? Not Legal!' and this year we are truly going global," said Lawrence Barker, Acting President and CEO of ICCRC. "In addition to reaching out to our audiences across Canada, our messages will be viewed by millions in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Punjabi and Mandarin throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia."

ICCRC is the national regulatory body that governs Canadian Immigration and citizenship consultants as well as international student advisors. A member of Canada's Fraud Prevention Forum, the Council joins the federal Competition Bureau and hundreds of businesses and organizations to warn consumers of fraud. ICCRC recommends that people who seek immigration or citizenship advice visit the "Find an immigration Professional" page on its website (www.iccrc-crcic.ca) to determine whether an immigration consultant is a lawful practitioner. Anyone not authorized should be reported to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Border Watch Toll-Free Line at 1-888-502-9060.

Federal law requires anyone providing Canadian Immigration or citizenship advice for a fee or other consideration must be a member in good standing of a provisional or territorial law society (a lawyer or an authorized paralegal in Ontario), the Chambre des notaries du Quebec, or ICCRC. Anyone providing any immigration or citizenship services, who are not a member of one of these organizations, is acting in contravention of the law and should be reported. Punishment can include a fine of up to $100,000 and/or imprisonment up to two years.

ICCRC's daily Fraud Prevention Month campaign messages can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedln and a www.immigrationfraud.ca.

Under the new regulations, all international students with a Canadian study permit will now be automatically authorised "to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during the academic session and full-time during scheduled breaks without the need to apply for a separate work permit."

Co-op placements will be similarly affected under the revised regulations. Whereas any international student could have applied for a co-op work permit previously if a co-op placement was an integral aspect of their programme of study, the new regulations stipulate "only international students who are pursuing studies at a secondary school or at a designated institution may apply for a co-op work permit."

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is increasing awareness by featuring a link to the ICCRC ( the regulatory authority for immigration consultants) website on their page. Under the new Canadian law Bill C-35 , unauthorized/unlicensed agents are not permitted to assist any individual in any dealings with the immigration department . Its application to the education consulting industry prohibits an agent from assisting a student in visa application , thereby not allowing any form of assistance in applying for a study permit . Anyone doing so as a part of their business would be committing a crime and harming the outcomes of the applicant student etc .Detailed information is available at www.cic.gc.ca

Further to CIC releasing IP9 - Use of Representatives, ICCRC has developed immigration advisories for various affected industries. These advisories aim to provide a clearer understanding on who is allowed to represent. Attached is the official advisory (#5)by ICCRC for education agents and institutes in relation to student recruitment

http://www.iccrc-crcic.ca/public/advisories.cfm

As per current policies of the Government of Canada , it is illegal for individuals and companies to consult on any immigration and visa related manner unless one is certified and approved . Dealing with matters relating to immigration/visas etc by unauthorized /crooked /ghost consultants may lead to legal action punishable by fines and jail terms. Canadian Government spends millions of dollars on reaching out to potential applicants on matters regarding choosing consultants.Authorised consultants should be members of bodies like ICCRC or Canadian Bar Societies .
Numerous cases are reported every year with visa refusals based on non genuine documents like fake educational documents, IELTS scores, fraudulent financial papers, and/or experience letters. Please do not be gullible and get yourself entangled with agents who promise all this. The Canadian High Commission makes a thorough check on all documents and the likelihood of fraud documents getting through are highly unlikely . If caught with fraud documents, a student risks the chance of not only visa refusal but a BAN for visa application for a specific period of time. Always use genuine documents.
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